Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DuPont university challenge announces top two innovations

INDIA: Micro Cold Storage, a farm-level solar cold storage system that can address the issue of food wastage has been adjudged as the winning innovation in the national university competition, DuPont: The Power of Shunya: Challenge for Zero Season 2. Vivek Pandey from IIT, Kharagpur and Rahul Sharma from IIFT, Kolkata won the top prize for this innovation.

The Runners up prize was given to Zeta Nano Purifier, a new water-purifying product developed by contestants Devlina Das and Pushkin Kasat from VIT, Vellore & Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay.

Every year India loses 30 percent of the food production due to food wastage and contamination. The winning idea, Micro Cold Storage can help increase shelf life of agricultural produce using solar powered cold storage. It uses a uniquely designed thermal storage methodology that will control compartment cooling in tandem with regular cooling.

The Zeta Nano Purifier is a zinc oxide nano particle that has been modified by amine. This new purifying technique is designed to treat large water masses plagued with a wide array of pollutants, including various types of metals, dyes and pesticides.

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